Drogba To Retire At End Of USL Season

Chelsea and Ivory Coast legend, Didier Drogba has announced he will call time on his career at the end of his time with Phoenix Rising. The veteran striker will play the current 2018 USL season with Phoenix Rising, and retire at the end of the campaign. Drogba turned 40 on Sunday and age appears to […]

Chelsea and Ivory Coast legend, Didier Drogba has announced he will call time on his career at the end of his time with Phoenix Rising.

The veteran striker will play the current 2018 USL season with Phoenix Rising, and retire at the end of the campaign.

Drogba turned 40 on Sunday and age appears to have caught up with the former Marseille forward.

He told Telefoot: “It’s really a pleasure for me to play.

“I started late at the top level. I really enjoy playing. I like my role of owner-player a lot. I’m surrounded by a lot of youngsters, and I like passing my know-how on to them. But this season is the last. I’m 40, it’s time now.”

Drogba made his professional debut with Le Mans in 1998 at 20. And turned out a brilliant career with Guingamp, Marseille, Chelsea, Shanghai Shenhua, Galatasaray and Montreal Impact.

He won four Premier League titles, the champions league and scored over 150 goals in two spells at Stamford Bridge.

Drogba has been offered a non-player role at Marseille, and will look at the option at the end of his career.

He added: “We’ll have to see what is offered. I’m always ready to help.

“In any case, Marseille are showing good things this year. Rudi Garcia’s project is taking shape, they’re building a team with young players. It’s excellent to stay in the top three with a team like that. As a fan, I have a lot of faith in them.”

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